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Christmas is Coming! – Beaded Crystal Angel

Hey everyone,

Here is a great craft to do with a group of people. All the beads, wire etc is included in this handy kit. There is enough to make 6 angels. I purchased these from Ebay and they are a bit expensive but if you do them in a group you can share the cost.

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This is the list of materials included in the kit

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Instructions are simple and easy to follow

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You will need to provide scissors, small pairs of pliers and craft glue to complete the angel. Some gold/silver ribbon or string is also needed to make a loop it you want to hang the angel as a decoration

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If you are planning to do this craft in a group I found that separating the beads and putting them into small containers made it easier for participants.

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The finished product is really cool

I have taught this craft in a small group on a number of occasions and the participants always enjoy the making and are really impressed with the finished result

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Card Making · Christmas Crafts · Crafts by K-Mart · Great for a Craft Group · Paper Crafts

Christmas is Coming! – K-Mart, Handmade Christmas Cards

Hello everyone, It’s hard to believe it is already October and Christmas is less that 2 and a half months away. It’s time to start thinking about those handmade Christmas projects, gifts and decorations. Christmas Cards is a good place to start as you need to be organised with these so that you get them posted on time!!

Here is an easy Christmas card idea that is set to impress your fiends and family. All the materials and equipment you need you can find in K-Mart so its easy and cheap. You can come up with your own Christmas designs or download my pattern if you want.

This is what you will need  – all of it can be purchased from the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the Washi tape which you will find in the stationary area.

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Here is how you wake them:

With the silver and gold paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

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Using my pattern sheet trace the shapes onto some plastic sheeting, cut them out carefully

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Trace around the templates onto the back of the green and/or red textured card and cut out.

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You can spray the coloured card shapes if you want to or just leave them plain

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Attach the Washi tape to the card placing it so that it goes over the edges and only trim neatly after it is stuck down. See photos of sample cards for ideas on placement.

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Attach Christmas shape with double sided tape. See photos to check position

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here are the instructions for the card with the 3 trees.

Repeat instructions for the preparing the card with the paint spray. When the paint is dry stick 3 small pieces of tape in place for the tree trunks. See photo below for placement. Don’t worry if the placement isn’t accurate.

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Attach trees using double sided tape

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here a some more samples to inspire you.

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Crafts by K-Mart · Kids Craft · Simple Gift Ideas · Simple Painting Projects

Fun and Colourful Loot Bags, K-Mart Crafts Part 5

Hey everyone. Another fun and easy craft made with suppliers that are cheap and easy to find in K-Mart. A great craft to involve the kids in creating their own loot bags for their Birthday Party. Fill them with toys or wrapped lollies as a take home treat.

NOTE: Please use wrapped lollies – I’m sure the paint is non toxic but better to be safe that sorry!

Here is what you will need to make the loot bags. The Pump Paint Set and Muslin Bags you will find in the craft department at K-Mart. You will find the Wooden Beads Kit in the kids craft section near the Toy Department. You will also need some scissors and tape. And just a warning – this craft involves paint so a good drop sheet and old clothes to protect your furniture and yourself will be helpful. Especially if there are kids involved!!

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This is how you make them:

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Baby Crafts · Beginner Sewing Group · Great for a Craft Group · Simple Gift Ideas · Simple Machine Sewing

‘Flat Fat Bundle’ (FFB) Draw String Gift Bag

Hello everyone. Here is another simple machine sewing idea that’s cute as well as useful. I am always attracted to all those beautiful bundles of fabric where each piece is already cut to size and you don’t have to worry about deciding on colours because all that is done for you. They are great for quilting and applique projects but also perfect for making small, easy projects like this one.

The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.

They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper. The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. Here are some pics of gift ideas you could use the bags for – great to hold gifts for adults, babies, boys and girls. And great to hold the gift for any occasion – birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas, thank yous etc etc

Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.

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Baby Crafts · Crochet Projects

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket

Look what I made! I found these beautiful bundles of yarn a Big W (pictured below). The bundles are made up of 4 different yarns – different colours and textures so its fun to work with and you come up with this cool result. Also saves a bit of time as you don’t need to finish off any threads which is the annoying part when you are working with lots of different colours.

My finished blankets measure 125cm X 100cm and required 4 balls of yarn. This is quite a large blanket. A blanket half the size would be great for a pram blanket and will only use 2 balls.

Here is the crochet pattern I used but you can make your blanket smaller if you wish.

Row 1: make a chain 86 stitches long

Row 2: miss 3 chain, 1 treble in each chain to end (84 trebles), turn

Row 3: 1 double chain, 1 chain in first treble, 1 treble in each of the next 2 treble, *miss 1 treble, 2 treble in next treble, repeat from* to last 3 treble, 1 treble in each of the last 3 treble, turn

Repeat Row 3 until you have you have made the desired size you want

Finish with double chain in each treble to the end.

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Baby Crafts · Card Making · Crafts by K-Mart · Great for a Craft Group · Paper Crafts

‘Welcome Baby’ Cards – K-Mart Craft Revisited, Part 4

Another simple handmade card idea to welcome the new baby. You can find everything you need in the Craft Department at K-Mart. Come up with your own baby themed designs or you can download my pattern for three card designs for free. Thank you to my sister, Cathy who inspired me with the ‘pram’ card that she designed.

Here is what you will need to purchase to make these cards. You will also need some scissors, a glue gun and some double sided tape (the normal variety and the mounting tape which has a bit of thickness to it). See pictures below of the materials and equipment you will need.

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Here are some simple step by step instructions with photographs to show you how to make them. Have fun!

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Baby Owl/ Bird Wall Hanging

This is a cute, unique gift for the new baby. Just add the blue or pink fabric depending one whether you are making it for a new baby girl or boy. These ones are made with a natural coloured homespun or calico with a few scraps of quilters cotton for the wings/eyes. But you can make the birds/owls from any kind of patterned fabric you like to make them really funky. You can purchase and download my pattern if you need to.

They are pretty easy to make but watch this space because I’ve got an idea to make them even simpler. This simpler option would be great for those who don’t like to use the sewing machine.

Anyway here is how you make the owl hanging. Don’t worry, if you like the bird I’ve posted them together but on separate posts just so the posts don’t get too long. Continue reading “Baby Owl/ Bird Wall Hanging”

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Bird/ Owl Wall Hanging Part 2

Here are the instructions for the Bird Hanging. It is very simple just like the owl but there are some differences so here are some step by step instructions to help you out. If you need a pattern you can purchase and download mine.

Make your templates using my pattern or your own with plastic sheeting or card board. You will need 2 pattern pieces for the body and the wing

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K-Mart Crafts Revisited, Part 3 – Felty Owl Cards

Hello everyone,

Another card idea using supplies exclusively purchase at K-Mart. This one is all about owls but you can come up with your own ideas. If you want to copy mine you can purchase and download my pattern sheet with patterns for all 8 owls.

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Here is what you will need from K-Mart. All of these products can be found in the Craft Department. You will also need scissors and double sided tape. A glue gun may come in handy too.

And here is how to make them:

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Beginner Sewing Group · Decorating Ideas · Simple Machine Sewing

Simple Pom Pom Flag Bunting

Hello everyone,

Here us a another simple sewing craft from my Craft Room with a Pattern to Download if you need it. A great way to add some decoration for a special celebration or just to brighten up one of the kids rooms. The style and look you want to create is only limited by your imagination. I have kept to a bright, floral theme but you could pick a more pastel palette to decorate for a baby shower or baby room.

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So here is what you need – a range of fabrics, Pom Pom garland and some twine. You will also need a sewing machine and scissors.

Here are the instructions on how you make the flags:

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K-Mart Crafts Revisited – Part 2

Hello everyone,

Here is another K-Mart craft using only craft supplies you can easily and cheaply buy in K-Mart. As I explained in my previous post K-Mart have made some changes in their craft department so if you find that you cannot find something that I have used please let me know.

This is another easy card project which is great to do with a group of adults or kids. The cards are very simple to make, require no previous experience or expensive equipment and you don’t even need to be crafty to make them.

So here we go. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below.

Here is what you will need. You can find all of these items in the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the ‘Washi Tape’ – you will find that in the Stationery Department

Here is how you make them:

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Baby Crafts · Great for a Craft Group · Simple Hand Sewing

Ladybird Baby – Appliquéd Bodysuit

Hello everyone, this is a simple and quick sewing craft that makes a really cute baby gift. You can hand sew or use the sewing machine to make it an even quicker craft. I have kept to the ladybird theme but you can come up with your own simple designs. You can download my pattern if you need to for a small cost.

This is the materials that you will need: some scraps of fabric, embroidery thread, Heat n Bond Lite, and a pack of body suits. I got mine from K-Mart and they were pretty cheap for a pack of 4. You will also need fabric scissor, an embroidery needle and an iron.

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